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Black and Missing Foundation to Host Its 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 3, to Bring Awareness to Missing Persons of Color

(Landover Hills, MD) – The Black and Missing Foundation (BAMFI) will hold its 5th annual “Hope Without Boundaries” 5K run/walk on Saturday, June 3,at the National Harbor in Ft. Washington, Maryland.

The 5K run/walk is being held to bring awareness to the hundreds of thousands of persons of color who are missing across the nation. The event EMPOWERS our communities to take action to help find them or provide much needed answers or closure for their families.

“The number of persons of color missing here in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and around the country is alarming,” said BAMFI Founders Natalie Wilson and Derrica Wilson. “We are holding this inspiring, family-friendly 5K to bring more attention to the countless number of missing children, parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and friends who might otherwise be overlooked.”

Persons of color represent close to 40 percent of all those missing in the United States. As a result of BAMFI’s efforts, more than 200 people have been located since its inception in 2008.

This year, BAMFI will present its first “Hope” awards to individuals for their work in law enforcement, media,and the community who have supported the mission of the organization and raised awareness for missing persons of color. The awardees are Diane Groomes, former DC Assistant Chief of Police, Jeff Mays, NewsOne contributor and Micheline Bowman, community pillar.

Special Guests: Lending support to the event are Monique Samuels of the “Real Housewives of Potomac”, Genise Shelton of “Married to Medicine” and Tamara G of “The Michael Baisden Show.”

The event is a fundraiser; monies raised will support families of the missing with distribution, victim recovery, and burial service assistance.

Many thanks to the following sponsors for their support:

  • Race Sponsor – Monique Samuels
  • Mile Marker Sponsor – Metro DC Links
  • In-Kind Sponsor
    • Level H20
    • CHUMS, Inc.
    • Psyc Your Mind
    • Inspiration Locs-N-Cutz
    • Arthur’s Flooring
    • Cozzie Morman King
    • Bite Cupcakes & Treats
    • Advance America
    • Entertainment Cruises
    • AMC Theatres
    • National Aquarium
    • Rack Room Shoes


  • PG County Police Dept offer FREE fingerprinting for kids
  • Glamazon in Defense
  • Planned Perfectly
  • Family Crisis Center
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Tamara G of the Michael Baisden Show
  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • Studio 5155
  • Young Queen Project
  • Skinsational Body Care
  • FR3AK

Participants can still register the morning of the race, Saturday, June 3. For additional information, please visit


About Black and Missing Foundation Inc.:

Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAMFI) is established as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, by a veteran law enforcement official and public relations specialist, whose mission is to bring awareness to missing persons of color; provide vital resources and tools to missing person’s families and friends; and to provide educational training on personal safety. BAMFI offers a free clearinghouse, which highlights profiles and information on missing persons of color, nationally. Profiles of missing individuals, throughout the nation, as well as news, information, and tips, can be found at BAMFI’s Web site:, IG: @blackandmissingfdn, Twitter: @BAM_FI or on Facebook:

Photo credit: Black and Missing Foundation

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